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There are two versions of this 8-month PG Certificate programme. standard and clinically enhanced. Both versions are part-time, distance learning programmes and enable a wide range of healthcare professionals to qualify as non-medical prescribers. Read more

There are two versions of this 8-month PG Certificate programme: standard and clinically enhanced. Both versions are part-time, distance learning programmes and enable a wide range of healthcare professionals to qualify as non-medical prescribers. Pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, podiatrists and therapeutic radiographers can qualify as independent prescribers while dietitians and diagnostic radiographers can qualify as supplementary prescribers. The qualification gained meets the standards set by the respective professional/regulatory bodies.

Nine study days at the university cover communication and diagnostic skills, the legal, policy, professional and ethical aspects of prescribing, pharmacology, and patient assessment and monitoring. The emphasis on each skill or aspect of non-medical prescribing is tailored to meet the needs of the different professions that we cater for. Students also spend 90 hours shadowing prescribers in clinical practice working in their chosen specialist area. Students on the clinically enhanced version of the programme also spend 20 hours of clinical skills practice.

See Medway School of Pharmacy website for more details of each version of the programme.

Not sure you are ready? Try our Preparing for Prescribing (P4P) short courses first. http://www.msp.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/supp-independent-prescribing/preparing-for-prescribing.html

Level 6

Nurses can choose to study at Level 6 rather than Level 7. Those who study at Level 6 gain institutional credit (45 credits at Level 6). The two levels are taught together and are mapped to the same requirements as validated by the NMC but there is variation in the academic outcomes and expectations and are marked accordingly. There are four compulsory courses to complete.

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) - Standard Programme

The full Level 7 programme gains you 60 credits and the award of a Postgraduate Certificate. There are four compulsory courses to complete. You can take the programme as a standalone Postgraduate Certificate in Independent/Supplementary Prescribing, or as one pathway into the Medicines Optimisation programme by studying prescribing as either the first or second year of the Medicines Optimisation postgraduate diploma. See PG Cert/Dip/MSc Medicines Optimisation for more details.

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) – Clinically Enhanced Programme

The clinically enhanced version of the prescribing programme has been commissioned by the NHS and designed for hospital and mental health pharmacists and has an emphasis on clinical skills. There are two compulsory courses to complete. As with the standard programme you can take the programme as a standalone Postgraduate Certificate in Independent/Supplementary Prescribing, or as one pathway into the Medicines Optimisation programme. See above.

Who we are

The programme is run at the Medway School of Pharmacy by academics and healthcare professionals active in clinical practice. All of the team are qualified Non-Medical Prescribers.

What you'll study

PG Cert Independent/Supplementary Prescribing P11173

  • Non-medical Prescribing in Context (15 credits)
  • Safe and Effective Prescribing (15 credits)
  • Consultation and Decision Making (15 credits)
  • Putting Prescribing into Practice (15 credits)

PG Cert Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (Clinically Enhanced) P11173

  • Independent Prescribing in Practice (40 credits)
  • Clinical Health Assessment and Diagnostics (20 credits)

Practice Credit Prescribing (Independent and Supplementary) Level 6 P13583

  • Background to Non-Medical Prescribing (10 credits)
  • Prescribing Safely and Effectively (10 credits)
  • Embedding Prescribing in your Consultations (10 credits)
  • The Practice of Prescribing (15 credits)

Assessment

Assessment (standard programme and level 6)

  • Course 1: Case study assignment, Legislative essay
  • Course 2: Numeracy exam, Multiple choice exam, Pharmacology seen essay examination,
  • Course 3: Evidence based assignment, Practical assessment
  • Course 4: Narrative based on portfolio entries covering 90 hours in clinical practice and attendance of period of learning in practice.

Assessment (clinically enhanced programme)

  • Course 1: Legislative essay, pharmacology essay, evidence-based assignment, practical assessment, portfolio of evidence (completed guide to the placement, a log of hours, reflection on progress, mapped to professional competencies and standards as required by the GPhC.)
  • Course 2: OSCEs, students will take six OSCE stations

Professional recognition

On successful completion, the school will notify the appropriate professional/regulatory body (GPhC, NMC or HCPC) that you have qualified as an independent/supplementary prescriber.

Careers

There is high and rising demand for both non-medical prescribing nurse practitioners and pharmacists in GP surgeries or other primary care settings. There are also enhanced career opportunities for radiographers, physiotherapists and podiatrists with the prescribing qualification.

Attendance

Distance learning with nine compulsory study days at the university. Plus 90 hours in clinical practice.

Find out more information about the Medicines Optimisation Programme.

Start dates

January, April, June, August, October.



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Non-Medical Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals Course Overview. The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare Allied Health Professionals to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation. Read more

Non-Medical Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals Course Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare Allied Health Professionals to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation.

There will be two cohorts per year (subject to sufficient interest and professional body approval), starting in March and September each year. The Spring cohort will run every Wednesday from March to November (No lectures during August) and the Autumn cohort will be taught every Tuesday from September to the following March. 

Professional body approval from the Healthcare Professions Council has been granted for Independent prescribing for Chiropodists/podiatrists, physiotherapists and therapeutic radiographers and for Supplementary prescribing, diagnostic radiographers. 

The Non-Medical Prescribing course is not available to international students.

Who should apply for the Non-Medical Prescribing programme?

  • Physiotherapists
  • Radiographer’s 
  • Chiropodists/Podiatrists
  • Dieticians

All of whom are looking to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting.

Non-Medical Prescribing Course Structure

The Non-Medical Prescribing course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and competency required to undertake the role of an independent or supplementary non-medical prescriber. The course has been designed for allied health professionals to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting. 

The Non-Medical Prescribing programme comprises of two core modules: SHGM05 -Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Non-Medical Prescribing which is 40 credits at level 7 and SHGM06 - Pharmacology principles and practice which is 20 credits at level 7. Both of these modules must be successfully completed to gain this qualification in Non-Medical Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals.

The Non-Medical Prescribing programme is taught at the St. David’s Park site in Carmarthen. Teaching takes place one day a week over the academic year. You are also required to have 96 hours of clinical practice with a designated medical mentor from which you will need to evidence the learning that has occurred.

Staff Expertise

The Non-Medical Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals teaching team:

  • are very experienced in delivering prescribing programmes
  • have a wide range of relevant skills, experience and qualifications
  • are members of a range of prescribing forums and groups
  • have well established links with health board Non-Medical Prescribing Leads throughout the region 

Teaching and Employability

  • Established and reputable links with the NHS, Social Services, and many private sector companies
  • Up-to-the-minute teaching which is responsive to employer demand
  • Successful completion can increase career development and promotion opportunities for the student as an advanced practitioner within their field of speciality  
  • Studies show that non-medical prescribing to be safe, clinically and cost effective.

Funding

  • Applicants to the Non-Medical Prescribing course may be eligible for funding support 
  • The Non-Medical Prescribing programme has the possibility of being funded by the Welsh Government, so the student may not need to pay any fees. Please speak to the programme director for further information.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 

Facilities 

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives Course Overview. The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare nurses and midwives to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation. Read more

Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives Course Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare nurses and midwives to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation.

There will be two cohorts per year (subject to final professional body approval), starting in March and September each year. The Spring cohort will run every Wednesday from March to November (No lectures during August) and the Autumn cohort will be taught every Tuesday from September to the following March. 

Unfortunately the Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives course is not available to international students.

Who should apply for the Non-Medical Prescribing programme?

Nurses or midwives who wish to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting.

Non-Medical Prescribing Course Structure

The Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and competency required to undertake the role of an independent or supplementary non-medical prescriber. The Non-Medical Prescribing course has been designed for multiple disciplines to learn together to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting. 

The Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives programme comprises of two core modules: SHGM26 -Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Non-Medical Prescribing which is 40 credits at level 7 and SHGM27 - Pharmacology principles and practice which is 20 credits at level 7. Both of these modules must be successfully completed to gain this qualification.

The Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives programme is taught at the St. David’s Park site in Carmarthen. Teaching takes place one day a week over the academic year. It is a professional requirement that you also have 96 hours of clinical practice with a designated medical mentor from which you will need to evidence the learning that has occurred.

Staff Expertise

The Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives teaching team:

  • are very experienced in delivering prescribing programmes
  • have a wide range of relevant skills, experience and qualifications
  • are members of a range of prescribing forums and groups
  • have well established links with health board Non-Medical Prescribing Leads throughout the region 

Teaching and Employability

  • Established and reputable links with the NHS, Social Services, and many private sector companies
  • Up-to-the-minute teaching which is responsive to employer demand
  • Successful completion can increase career development and promotion opportunities for the student as an advanced practitioner within their field of speciality  
  • Studies show that non-medical prescribing to be safe, clinically and cost effective.

Funding

  • Applicants to the Non-Medical Prescribing course may be eligible for funding support 
  • The Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives programme has the possibility of being funded by the Welsh Government, so the student may not need to pay any fees. Please speak to the programme director or education lead for your area of work for further information.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 

Facilities 

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists Course Overview. The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare pharmacists to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation. Read more

Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists Course Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare pharmacists to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation.

There will be two cohorts per year (subject to sufficient interest and professional body approval), starting in March and September each year. The Spring cohort will run every Wednesday from March to November (No lectures during August) and the Autumn cohort will be taught every Tuesday from September to the following March. Please contact the Non-Medical Prescribing programme manager on to discuss which cohort may be more appropriate for you.

Unfortunately the Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists course is not available to international students.

Who should apply for the Non-Medical Prescribing programme?

Pharmacists who wish to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting.

Non-Medical Prescribing Course Structure

The Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and competency required to undertake the role of an independent non-medical prescriber. The course has been designed for multiple disciplines to learn together to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting. 

The full Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists programme comprises one 40 credit module, SHGM22 Non-medical prescribing and one 20 credit module, Pharmacology principles and practice (NMC) SHGM23. The non-medical prescribing qualification annotated by the General Pharmaceutical Healthcare Council can be achieved by successful completion of a stand-alone 40 credit module, ‘Non-medical prescribing’ - SHGM22. Students wishing to complete the full Post Graduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists must also complete an optional 20 credit module, Pharmacology principles and practice (NMC) SHGM23.

The Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists programme is taught at the St. David’s Park site in Carmarthen. Teaching takes place one day a week over the academic year.

Staff Expertise

The Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists teaching team:

  • are very experienced in delivering prescribing programmes
  • have a wide range of relevant skills, experience and qualifications
  • are members of a range of prescribing forums and groups
  • have well established links with health board Non-Medical Prescribing Leads throughout the region 

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 

Facilities 

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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Pharmacists can now choose between two routes. - Non-Medical Prescribing multi-professional course for pharmacists in the South West region seeking HESW funded places. Read more
Pharmacists can now choose between two routes:

- Non-Medical Prescribing multi-professional course for pharmacists in the South West region seeking HESW funded places
- The University of Bath uni-professional Pharmacist Prescribing Programme for self-funding and organisationally-funded applicants

To find out more about HESW-funded, self-funded and organisationally-funded places, go to the Funding page.

The Pharmacist Prescribing Programme is designed to help you achieve annotation as an Independent Prescriber. Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (http://www.pharmacyregulation.org/), the programme is relevant if you are working in a hospital based role, running clinics or providing a specialist service within your CCG. Bath's retention and pass rates for this programme are exceptional. This has been achieved through the dedication of our learners, supported by relevant, up-to-date materials, outstanding support and excellent face-to-face workshops. We focus on the application of knowledge and clinical skills to your professional setting.

Programme features

- Study at your own pace with minimal time away from work
- Excellent support and learner networks with a user-friendly virtual learning environment
- Increased professional expertise and status with enhanced career prospects
- Complete programme to attain the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing
- Gain postgraduate credits that can be used towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc in Prescribing and Therapeutics or Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/phar-pres-prog/

Pathways

- Prescribing & Therapeutics
- Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice

The Pharmacist Prescribing Programme is a single unit programme of 18 credits running over eight months. It contains three discrete parts:

- Prescribing in Context
- Consultation Skills for Prescribing
- Prescribing Effectively

Further information

See the postgraduate programme brochure for more information (http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/phar-pres-prog/pharmacist-prescribing-course.pdf). Programme descriptions can be found in the University’s online programme catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/other.html).

Funding

- Pharmacists in the South West region seeking HESW funded places
In response to specific commissioning requirements from HESW, we have been working in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE) to develop a new interprofessional Non-Medical Prescribing Programme for a range of the non-medical professions eligible to train as prescribers (including pharmacists, nurses and the allied health profession registrants of the Health and Care Professions Council). This partnership between the University of Bath and UWE is called the South West Non-Medical Prescribing Alliance (http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatcanistudy/professionaldevelopment/coursesbysector/health/non-medicalprescribing.aspx).

The first intake of the new interprofessional Non-Medical Prescribing Programme will be in September 2016. Students applying for HESW funded places on this Programme will enrol directly as UWE students.

To apply for a HESW funded place, candidates need to have provided details of their requirement for a place into the ‘demand forecast’ for HESW funded places. The demand forecast process is conducted by UWE. Normally information on the requirement for funded places should be collated and submitted into the demand forecast by the employing organisation, or the local CCG. However, if individuals are in doubt about how to do this (particularly those employed in the General Practice setting), they can contact Emily Haycock at UWE () for more information.

In order to be considered for a HESW funded place, there needs to be a confirmed workforce need from the training organisation (which must be a provider of NHS services/contracted to provide NHS services) for the candidate to become an independent prescriber.

There are additional entry requirements set out by the General Pharmaceutical Council that applicants must meet in order to be considered for a place on the Programme; these can be found in the application documentation. Once candidates have registered their interest for a HESW funded place on the interprofessional Non-Medical Prescribing Programme, UWE will provide them with more information on the application process directly.

- The University of Bath uni-professional Pharmacist Prescribing Programme for self-funding and organisationally-funded applicants

The University of Bath will continue to offer the Pharmacist Prescribing Programme, with workshops held at the University of Bath campus, in order to cater for self-funding candidates and organisationally-funded pharmacists outside of the HESW region (including those who wish to complete an independent prescribing course as part of the University of Bath Postgraduate Diploma).

Candidates for the Pharmacist Prescribing Programme should contact Di Pullin () to register their interest. For full details on how to apply visit http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/phar-pres-prog/.

The next intake of the Pharmacist Prescribing Programme at the University of Bath is planned for September 2016. The deadline for applications is 15 July 2016.

Our research

Research in our Department is centred around a number of focused areas or themes. To find out more, please see our:
- Departmental research webpages (http://www.bath.ac.uk/pharmacy/research/)

Our research staff and students are also involved in a number of formal Research Centres and networks:

Bath Inflammation/Rheumatology Research Network (BIRD)
Cancer Research at Bath ([email protected])
Centre for Extremophile Research
Centre for Mathematical Biology
Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM)
Inter-Departmental Infection and Immunity Network
Neuroscience Network at University of Bath (NNUB)
ReMedDes

Find out about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/pharmacy/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/index.html

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In the fast-changing world of therapeutics, prescribing and health care provision, prescribers, or those providing prescribing advice, may feel under-equipped to meet Department of Health demands and the challenges that have emerged from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Read more

Overview

In the fast-changing world of therapeutics, prescribing and health care provision, prescribers, or those providing prescribing advice, may feel under-equipped to meet Department of Health demands and the challenges that have emerged from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). A key development for pharmacists has been the advent of independent pharmacist prescribers, new roles in medicines optimisation and supporting the management of long term conditions. Pharmacists are continually being asked to broaden their role and contribution within primary healthcare. In addition, the requirements for pharmacists to demonstrate their commitment to continual professional development is as strong as ever and is reflected in the recent General Pharmaceutical Council’s announcements regarding the assurance of the continual fitness to practice of pharmacists. Other healthcare professionals have similar requirements in relation to CPD and revalidation.

Choice and flexibility are key features of the Prescribing Studies programme. Healthcare professionals may choose different pathways to reach the awards of Certificate, Diploma and Masters to meet their own specific professional development needs and to advance their professional practice e.g. by undertaking the Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course for Pharmacists. Flexibility is also provided by our CPD Plus+ and CPD Plus+ Open Learn modules which are available as 5, 10, 15 and 30 credit modules.

Why choose a Prescribing Studies Course?

The Centre for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning, part of the School of Pharmacy at Keele University, has a reputation for providing stimulating education programmes for general practitioners, pharmacists, nurses and other members of the health care team. We offer a multidisciplinary approach that ensures our courses encompass a broad range of skills and are responsive to the changing health care environment. We are closely in touch, through our advisors, with NHS development and service needs in primary care. We are recognised nationally as a centre of excellence in the areas of prescribing and audit. For example, the Keele Centre for Medicines Optimisation is based within the School of Pharmacy, and has 20 years of experience of providing tailored, cost-effective, prescribing support and medicines management solutions to the NHS to allow the optimisation of medicines use.

The distance learning format of the courses enables busy health professionals to study where and when it is most convenient to them

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/prescribingstudies/

Course Aims

The overall aim of the Prescribing Studies programme is to offer the opportunity for prescribers (medical and non-medical) and those providing prescribing advice to enhance their knowledge base, skills and understanding of practical therapeutics and prescribing within the context of the larger health care team. The overall programme aims to enable participants to achieve the following learning outcomes:

- Describe and appraise the practical considerations that are relevant to the prescriber in primary care

- Apply clinical and behavioural knowledge and skills to the prescribing process

- Describe the principles underlying rational prescribing

- Apply the principles underlying rational prescribing to specific patient groups

- Describe the therapy of common medical conditions

- Apply evidence-based prescribing to the treatment of common medical conditions

In addition, the student will develop valuable practical skills including written and oral communication, and the ability to design audit projects, collect, analyse and interpret data. The programme will also encourage you to develop the self-discipline of private study, self-directed learning and critical reflection through the use of a reflective portfolio that you can continue beyond your formal study period with Keele in your own Continuing Professional Development.

Teaching & Assessment

Assessment for the Certificate/ Diploma and MSc is entirely by coursework. This may include short problem solving cases, audit or project work. Common to all the courses is the requirement to complete a Reflective Portfolio.

The assessment methods used aim to encourage you to take an active part in your own education and to apply your knowledge to practical situations in the workplace.

Additional Costs

For all programmes you will need regular access to a computer, email and the internet. However apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for our postgraduate programmes, with the exception of those listed below.

DPharm and Independent prescribing course
There will be additional travel and accommodation costs (if required) to attend the face to face study days or meet with your supervisor (DPharm only) on these programmes.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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This course is open to registered pharmacists with at least two years’ post-registration experience in a clinical, patient-facing role. Read more

This course is open to registered pharmacists with at least two years’ post-registration experience in a clinical, patient-facing role. Upon successful completion of the 40 credit module, you will be awarded the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing from the University of Wolverhampton. Your name will then be forwarded to the Registrar of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), and you will be eligible for annotation on the GPhC Register as an Independent Prescriber. This entitles you, with the support of your employer (unless self-employed), to practice as a Supplementary or Independent Prescriber.

In order to be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Prescribing Studies, you will also have to study an additional 20 credit module in Advanced Health Assessment Skills. Successful completion of both modules will lead to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Prescribing Studies, which will provide evidence to employing organisations of your ability to practice (including prescribing) at an advanced level in your chosen therapeutic area. However, this is entirely optional and you may choose to exit after completing only the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (module code 7PY019).

What happens on the course?

1. Consultation, decision making assessment and review

2. Influences on and psychology of prescribing

3. Prescribing in a team context

4. Applied Therapeutics

5. Evidence- based practice and clinical governance

6. Legal policy, professional and ethical aspects

7. Prescribing in the public health context

Why Wolverhampton?

It is a requirement of the GPhC that the Independent Prescribing course must include a substantial face-to-face teaching element. The timing of the face-to-face study days (one block of three days, followed by three individual study days) has therefore been arranged outside the main school holiday periods to facilitate the release of pharmacists from their existing posts in order to attend the University.

You will also have the benefit of being taught by tutors who are themselves Pharmacist Independent Prescribers, assisted by medical practitioners and other expert staff with wide experience of postgraduate teaching and learning.

Career path

After gaining the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing you will be eligible for annotation by the GPhC as an independent prescriber, and will therefore be entitled to practice in this capacity in a variety of roles throughout primary and secondary care pharmacy.

After obtaining the further award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Prescribing Studies you will, in addition, be able to demonstrate that you have advanced level skills in examining and assessing your patients. This qualification forms part of the West Midlands Advanced Clinical Practice Frameworkwhich is currently under development by Health Education West Midlands, and may lead on to the Advanced Clinical Practitioner programme which is now offered at Wolverhampton and other Universities within the West Midlands region.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

1. Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively, in line with the legal, ethical and professional framework for accountability; within a prescribing partnership where appropriate.

2. Communicate effectively with patients, carers and other healthcare professionals, and make shared treatment decisions with these groups as appropriate.

3. Apply clinical assessment skills to recognize the signs and symptoms of illness, to take patient histories, to form a diagnosis and to formulate, modify and review treatment plans as appropriate.

4. Accurately choose and use appropriate diagnostic aids for prescribing and monitoring treatment.

5. Recognise, evaluate and respond to evidence-based information, advice, relevant national/local guidelines and individual patient requirements when prescribing.

6. Work within all aspects of current clinical governance frameworks.

Who accredits this course?

The course is fully accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).



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Summary. This innovative programme equips nurses with the knowledge to add prescribing to their suite of skills. It permits nurses the opportunities to pursue challenging study in the subject areas of ethics, law and all aspects of pharmacotherapeutics as they apply to Non-Medical Prescribing. Read more

Summary

This innovative programme equips nurses with the knowledge to add prescribing to their suite of skills. It permits nurses the opportunities to pursue challenging study in the subject areas of ethics, law and all aspects of pharmacotherapeutics as they apply to Non-Medical Prescribing. Nurses will be able to develop their skills of health assessment to help them to provide holistic care across a range of conditions, in accordance with NMC Standards of Prescribing. This will both advance practice and promote patient safety and quality of care. Nurses working in a range of professional teams will find the appeal of becoming a V300 prescriber, an essential component of promoting professional accountability and patient empowerment.

About

This course consists of three modules of study to gain the professional and academic awards. You will study pharmacotherapeutics, the study of all aspects of drugs, how they work and interact and the physiological basis to prescribing. You will explore the legal and ethical basis of sound prescribing in practice, within the professional and statutory frameworks. You will also become proficient in physical and mental health assessment. You will compile a professional workbook to demonstrate the acquistion of prescribing competencies, and spend time in clinical practice refining and developing prescribing and health assessment skills. You will be mentored by an experienced doctor and gain experience with other non-medical prescribers during the course of the programme.

Modules

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand.

Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning

This level 7 module provides an opportunity for students to develop and enhance the knowledge base and practice of health assessment, in order that appropriate interventions and management can occur. Students will begin to develop their assessment skills under the guidance of a mentor during this module. Assessment is 100% coursework.

Prescribing in practice 7

This module will help to prepare nurses to undertake an active role in nurse prescribing within their specified area of practice. The legislative framework and professional and ethical principles, which underpin prescribing practice, are explored. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination.

Pharmacotherapeutics in Prescribing

This module provides the necessary pharmacological knowledge within the context of the underpinning pathophysiology that will enable the healthcare professional to prescribe safely, appropriately, and effectively within a collaborative health care team. It will be offered through a combination of e-learning, taught components and threaded discussion with supported group work. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination.

Professional recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 

Recorded by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a non-medical prescriber (V300)

Career options

This course offers experienced nurses the unique opportunity to include prescribing as part of their employability skills. Whilst individual nurses have already usually considerable expertise within their scope of professional practice, this course creates many career opportunities which makes the V300 qualified nurse a very appealing employee across a range of nursing specialisms, Nurses working in general acute and chronic care, in specialist teams and services, from neonatal care through mental and sexual health, diabetes, cardiac care (and many other walks of nursing life), have benefitted from doing this programme. Ultimately this programme offers the public a safe effective path through treatment that incorporates non-medical prescribing and a satisfying career for professional nurses who desire to also advance their career prospects



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Summary

The Postgraduate Certificate in Medicines Management (Independent and/ or Supplementary Prescribing) is a part-time, web-dependent programme, developed with the aim of preparing suitably qualified Allied Health Professionals for the extended roles of access and supply of drugs under exemption order, Patient Group Directives, Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (Physiotherapy and Podiatry) and Supplementary Prescribing (Radiography).

The programme comprises two compulsory thirty credit point modules; Pharmacotherapeutics in Prescribing and Prescribing in Practice; in combination leading to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Medicines Management and the professional award of Independent and/or Supplementary Prescribing (for those professions eligible). The two modules are usually taken over a one year period. The programme runs from September to December (Module 1: Pharmacotherapeutics in Prescribing) and January to May (Module 2: Prescribing in Practice) each year.

About

Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, and Radiographers have been able to prescribe as Supplementary Prescribers since 2005. Two joint formal consultation by the Department of Health and the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on proposals to further introduce Independent Prescribing rights to Chiropodists/Podiatrists and Physiotherapists in 2011 led to the development of The Human Medicines Regulations 2012, resulting in Independent Prescribing rights being extended to these health professions from August 2013.

Non- medical prescribing underpins achievement of the goals identified in Equality and Excellence: Liberating the NHS (Department of Health 2012) by the development of new roles and service delivery to improve patient outcome. Independent and Supplementary prescribing by Health Professionals improves patient access to services, enables early intervention reducing hospital admissions and improves discharge outcomes following hospital stay by improving the transition from acute to community care.

Independent prescribing by Physiotherapists and Podiatrists has been demonstrated to support patient-centered care by enhancing partnership working across professional and organisational boundaries, enabling the redesign of care pathways that is cost effective, maximizes benefit to the patient, enhances professional autonomy and is sustainable.

Supplementary Prescribing is used most often in chronic disease management where the initial diagnosis has been made by an Independent Prescriber and continued care is paramount (for example in the case of administration of radiotherapy, or the case of clinical research trials). Direct benefits to the patient are an improvement in patient care, better use of Allied Health Professionals and Medics time, clarification of professional responsibilities leading to improved communications, the provision of a holistic and autonomous service by non-medical professionals, greater concordance and improved understanding by patients of their pharmacological management.

This part time, web-dependent programme has been developed with the aim of preparing suitably qualified Allied Health Professionals for the extended role of Independent and/ or Supplementary Prescribing in accordance with legislative eligibility. Completion of the programme also provides the training elements required for Allied Health Professionals working under patient group directives and will qualify the applicant for the professional entry of Prescriptions Only Medicine Certification on the Health Professions Council register where eligible.

Attendance

Students are required to attend and engage with ALL face to face teaching sessions and clinical placement hours associated with the programme. Students MUST demonstrate that placement activity is carried out and attendance meets requirements specified in the Prescribing Practice Portfolio (Minimum requirements: 90 hours attendance in clinical prescribing practice for Independent and / or Supplementary Prescribing).

Work placement / study abroad

Placement is central to the development of the safe prescriber and the educational input and support of a designated/ approved General/ Medical Practitioner is crucial to the development of the necessary competencies.

For students undertaking the full Postgraduate Certificate programme, placement is organised by the student in negotiation with the employer and Medical Practitioner, and in consultation with the University of Ulster. Clinical placement across the two modules is a minimum 90 hours. Placement is a compulsory part of this programme during which students develop their clinical skills, under the supervision of a Medical Practitioner, to be able to undertake their new role safely.

The placement setting will typically be the workplace for each student. Proposed Medical Practitioner’s will be expected to sign a declaration of eligibility (in accordance with the Department of Health’s eligibility criteria) prior to a student being accepted onto the programme. In cases where students cannot gain the skills required in their place of work, the main objective will be to seek the experiences within another suitable environment.

Professional recognition

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as an Independent and/or Supplementary Prescriber.

Career options

The Postgraduate Certificate in Medicines Management delivers a range of learning experiences to enable students across and between multiple disciplines to enhance their knowledge and skills, encourage critical thinking, creativity and strategic planning in Independenet and/ or Supplementary Prescribing within their professional field, thereby enhancing employability. Students applying for this programme are expected to already be following a distinct career pathwaywith the opportunity of progressing in that pathway through the extended prescibing and leadership skills attained.



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Why this course?. We're accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to provide courses in independent prescribing (IP). Read more

Why this course?

We're accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to provide courses in independent prescribing (IP).

Successful completion of this course will result in the award of a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.

The course of study involves:

  • pre-residential course activity
  • distance learning material
  • two residential periods
  • a period of learning in practice, under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner.

You'll be awarded 30 ScotCat credits on completion of the course.

What you'll study

  • therapeutics from a choice of cardiovascular, respiratory disease, diabetes, substance misuse and renal medicine
  • communicating with patients & colleagues
  • prescribing & public health
  • care planning

You'll also undertake a Period of Learning in Practice (PLP). The aim is to provide you with opportunities to develop competencies in prescribing. This period focuses on the patient group(s) in which you'll be expecting to prescribe.

Course content

The course of study involves pre-residential course activity, distance learning material, two residential periods and a period of learning in practice, under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner. Students will be awarded 30 ScotCat credits on completion of the course.

Residential study

This element of the course is at Scottish Masters (SHEM) level 5 throughout. It's delivered through two residential periods that are taught here at the University of Strathclyde.

The first residential period of five days includes four classes, worth five credits each:

  • therapeutics from a choice of cardiovascular, respiratory disease, diabetes, substance misuse and renal medicine
  • communicating with patients & colleagues
  • prescribing & public health
  • care planning

Full attendance during the residential period is essential. 

The second residential period (one day) will normally take place approximately 12 weeks after the first residential period. It involves peer review sessions designed to demonstrate clinical and ethical practice.

Period of Learning in Practice (PLP)

The aim is to provide you with opportunities to develop competencies in prescribing. This period focuses on the patient group(s) in which you'll be expecting to prescribe. The PLP starts after the first residential period. 

The PLP is made up of a series of sessions (combination of full and/or half days) that involve prescribing and clinical activities. This should equate to a minimum of 12 days (90 hours), but is subject to decision by the pharmacist and their supervisor based on the challenges of the individual prescribing roles being adopted by different pharmacists.

This PLP time will be used to develop clinical skills including:

  • accurate assessment
  • history-taking
  • recognition and response to common signs and symptoms 
  • formulation of a working diagnosis

During this period you'll be supervised by a designated medical prescriber who will be responsible for confirming your competence to practice.

A portfolio providing evidence that the required time has been spent and the learning outcomes achieved will be submitted along with a statement of assessment from the designated medical supervisor.

The assessment will confirm the pharmacist's clinical competence in the area(s) for which they intend to prescribe.

The period in practice will normally be completed within 12 months of the residential course. 

Designated medical practitioner requirements

The designated medical practitioner must be able to confirm that they:

  • have had at least three years medical, treatment and prescribing responsibility for a group of patients in the relevant field of practice
  • work within a GP Practice or are a specialist registrar, clinical assistant or a consultant within an NHS Trust or other NHS employer
  • have some experience or training in teaching and/or supervision in practice
  • agree to provide supervision, support and shadowing opportunities, and are familiar with the requirements of the programme
  • will assess the progress of the pharmacist

Assessment

Distance learning - completed before the first residential period

  • Therapeutics Assessment – MCQ and short answer
  • Prescribing and public health – short-answer

Residential period (1)

  • Formative OSCE for the care planning class

Distance learning – completed after the first residential period

  • Reflective essay on the formative OSCE
  • Reflective short scenarios on communicating with patients and colleagues

Residential period (2)

  • Summative OSCE for the care planning class


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It's the first validated interprofessional programme in England, so you'll be studying on an innovative, forward thinking course that is responsive to Government legislation. Read more

Why choose this course:

• It's the first validated interprofessional programme in England, so you'll be studying on an innovative, forward thinking course that is responsive to Government legislation.

• You'll study with nurses and pharmacists.

• The course is flexible, and you can study at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

• You'll be encouraged to apply theory to practice throughout this course, so it will be very relevant to you and your career.

About the course:

The Government has recently extended prescribing responsibilities to non-medical professionals within the health care sector. So, we've created this course to prepare professionals, such as pharmacists or nurses, to become independent prescribers.

Independent prescribers are responsible and accountable for assessment of patients with undiagnosed or diagnosed conditions and for the decisions about their clinical management, including prescribing.

Supplementary prescribing is a voluntary partnership between an independent prescriber and a supplementary prescriber, to work on a patient specific clinical management plan with the patient's agreement.

This course will help you to:

• improve the care you provide without compromising patient safety
• make better use of your skills as a health care professional
• make it easier for patients to get the medicines they need
• contribute to a more flexible team working across the NHS.

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This short professional programme validated by the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC) and Health and CareProfessions Council (HCPC) prepares qualified nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and therapeutic radiographers as Independent Prescribers, and diagnostic radiographers and dieticians as Supplementary Prescibers. Read more

GradCert/PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing

This short professional programme validated by the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC) and Health and CareProfessions Council (HCPC) prepares qualified nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and therapeutic radiographers as Independent Prescribers, and diagnostic radiographers and dieticians as Supplementary Prescibers.

The course comprises three twenty credit modules which are taught concurrently and cannot be taken as standalone modules.

Applicants may find it beneficial to complete an advanced assessment and physical examination course prior to undertaking the non-medical prescribing course.

Conversion Course for Supplementary Prescribers

This short professional course will provide Physiotherapists, Podiatrists and Therapeutic Radiographers who have already completed the Non-Medical Prescribing course and are annotated with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) as a Supplementary Prescriber to prepare for annotation as an Independent Prescriber. You will have been practicing as a Supplementary Prescriber in the area for which you intend to prescribe independently for at least six months. The course involves two University based study days followed by two days of self-directed supervised clinical practice with a designated Medical Practitioner (DMP).

Modules

There are three modules for the GradCert/PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing, all of which are core for this programme and cannot be taken as standalone options:

• Pharmacology and applied therapeutics
• Prescribing in clinical practice
• Practical aspects of prescribing

Timetable

There are 18 taught days on this course, 42 hours of blended learning, and 78-90 hours of documented clinical practice hours, in addition to self-directed learning.

Teaching and learning

GradCert / PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing: There are a variety of assessment strategies employed, including examinations, OSCE, clinical portfolio and a written case study.

Placements

A clinical placement is essential for this course.

Course duration

Part-time : 2 days : May start date
Part-time : 6 months : January/April/June/September start date

Professional links

The GradCert/PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing course has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC), and the Health and Care Professions Council(HCPC).

Employability

All students must be employed in a clinical environment where prescribing will benefit the service provided to the patient.

This professional qualification is essential for the development of the advanced practice framework. Students can undertake this course as part of their advanced practice pathway.

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A distance-learning course run by Aston University. Recent legislation has extended independent prescribing rights to optometrists, subject to the satisfactory completion of a General Optical Council (GOC) accredited training course. Read more
A distance-learning course run by Aston University.

Recent legislation has extended independent prescribing rights to optometrists, subject to the satisfactory completion of a General Optical Council (GOC) accredited training course. The restriction to the range of medicines that can be used and conditions that can be treated for IP optometrists is by reference to their competence:

‘Optometrist Independent Prescribers should be able to prescribe any licensed medicine for ocular conditions, affecting the eye and adnexa, within the recognised area of expertise and competence of the optometrist.’

Structure

Aston University is offering a distance learning course in Independent Prescribing for qualified optometrists. The course consists of two 20 credit modules delivered by distance learning using our e-learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is made up of online lectures assessed by unseen online tests and coursework.

The first module is entitled ‘Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics’ and covers topics including ocular immunology, pharmacology and ocular therapeutic drugs, frameworks of prescribing, prescribing safely and professionally.

The second module, taken after completion of the first module, is entitled ‘Prescribing for disorders of the eye’ and covers topics including evidence based practice and glaucoma in relation to independent prescribing.

A period of Learning in Practice

After successful completion of the two theory based modules and a practical assessment, optometrists are required to undertake practical training in the form of a clinical placement in conjunction with an Independent Prescriber (e.g. an ophthalmologist in a hospital eye department). To achieve Independent Prescriber status the optometrist must gain at least 12 days of clinical training.
For those who are already registered as Additional Supply or Supplementary Prescribers, the placement period required is 7 days.

Teaching methods

Each module consists of around ten ‘lectures’ delivered by distance learning via the Blackboard platform. Most topics are delivered by Powerpoint lectures with speech. Other lectures are delivered in a text-based format.

The first module covers aspects of ocular therapeutics, including the pharmacology and use of ocular therapeutic drugs.

The syllabus for the second module encompasses prescribing for ocular disease. Upon successful completion of the second module’s exam, optometrists will be required to undertake a clinical skills practical assessment at Aston University. The practical element will involve demonstration of slit lamp skills, contact tonometry and slit lamp binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy along with some objective structured clinical exam type questions.

Practice-based learning

Following completion of the two theoretical modules, trainees undertake a period of practice-based training. The aim of this component of the training is to develop competency in the practice of prescribing and to facilitate the integration of prescribing theory and practice with the conditions that the trainee will subsequently manage. This training will typically take place in the Hospital Eye Service under the supervision of a designated ‘mentor’ ophthalmologist. It is the responsibility of the trainee to arrange the clinical practice placement.

For IP the Clinical Placement comprises a minimum of 12 days (24 sessions of not less than 3 hours).

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While gaining a Nursing and Midwifery Council-accredited qualification, on this course you will underpin your theoretical learning with supervised practice. Read more

While gaining a Nursing and Midwifery Council-accredited qualification, on this course you will underpin your theoretical learning with supervised practice.

Designed for nurses, midwives and/or specialist public health nurses, you will gain the knowledge and skills to become a safe non-medical prescriber and undertake the role of an Independent or Supplementary Non-Medical Prescriber. This will enhance your ability to provide holistic care that meets the requirements of patients within clinical work settings.

On the programme you will learn about drug actions, interactions and reactions, as well as pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. You will learn how to utilise relevant evidence-based theories when making prescribing decisions and will develop a critical understanding of factors that underpin safe, appropriate and cost effective prescribing. You will improve your personal approach to assessment, history-taking and the interpretation of diagnostic indicators, and you will develop your understanding of legal, professional and ethical issues.

Modules

  • Pharmacology for Prescribing
  • Prescribing Practice

Study style

This is a part-time course and you will study one day per week over a period of 21 taught days.

You will learn through a blended approach that includes a variety of methods, such as individual support tutorials, lectures, online learning, reflection, library study and visits to professional areas where prescribing practices are undertaken. This will enable you to achieve the NMC standards of proficiency for prescribing.

The modules at the chosen level of study are assessed using a variety of methods including written exams, online assessments, OSCEs and case studies. You will also be required to create a portfolio of evidence, demonstrating clinical competency within a non-medical prescribing role.

NMC Accredited

This course is fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Safe Prescriber

You will gain the knowledge and skills to become a safe non-medical prescriber and undertake the role of an Independent or Supplementary Non-Medical Prescriber.

Continued Professional Development

Progression through this award will enable practitioners to link learning to their revalidation and online portfolio of CPD, demonstrating evidence of professional development in safe prescribing practices.

Careers

Progression through this award will enable practitioners to link learning to their revalidation and online portfolio of CPD, demonstrating evidence of professional development in safe prescribing practices.



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Our Independent Prescribing short course will enable healthcare professionals to take on the role of an independent prescriber in their area of practice. Read more

Our Independent Prescribing short course will enable healthcare professionals to take on the role of an independent prescriber in their area of practice.

Pharmacists and nurses are taught together to facilitate multidisciplinary learning and working. A large proportion of the learning will be delivered online, providing a flexible approach to learning by allowing students the benefit of studying this in their own time.

This 30-credit course is available for study at level 7 (master's level). The course runs over four months and normally has two intakes each year. The next intake is in 2018.

The course includes eight days of compulsory university-attended sessions (nine for nurses/midwives) and 18 days of self-directed learning, which will be delivered through e-learning and self-directed study.

In addition, you must undertake 12 days of supervised practice with your designated medical practitioner, which amounts to 78 hours for nurses/midwives or 90 hours for pharmacists.

Please note that successful completion of an accredited course is not a guarantee of annotation or of future employment as a pharmacist independent prescriber.

You can view accreditation reports and timescales for future accreditation on the General Pharmaceutical Council website . You can confirm our accreditation with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on their website .

Please check online for course dates. If there are no dates for your preferred cohort, please contact us to enquire. Attendance at all teaching and assessment days is mandatory, so it is important to confirm that you are able to attend them all before you apply.

Please check online for details of fees, which may be subject to change and apply only to the dates given.

Aims

The course aims to use your current experiences of practice and encourage the development and application of new knowledge and skills to practice.

We aim to:

  • enable you to successfully meet the standards set out by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), allowing you to apply for registration to practice as an independent prescriber;
  • produce competent non-medical prescribers who can provide safe, effective and evidence-based prescribing to address the needs of patients in practice;
  • enable pharmacists and nurses to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes required for safe and effective prescribing practice;
  • help you develop a systematic, evidence-based and reflective approach to independent prescribing practice;
  • identify your own learning needs, develop as a critically reflective practitioner and advance your own learning to sustain continuing professional development, and work at the forefront of your profession.

Additional course information

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Do I need an NMP lead signature on my application form?

Not if you are self-funding. If you are being financially supported HENW, then yes.

What does a level 7 course mean and are the credits transferable?

Level 7 study is master's level, which means that you must have an undergraduate degree to undertake this course. The course offers 30 credits, which may be transferrable to other courses. We would advise that you check with the other courses in the first instance.

Can I pay the course fees in instalments?

No, due to university regulations, it is not possible to pay fees in instalments for this course. All fees must be paid prior to commencing the course.

Teaching and learning

A range of teaching methods are used to develop the knowledge and understanding, practical skills, intellectual skills and personal qualities required to become a competent prescriber.

Learning is divided into two units, which will be delivered online as weekly content designed to complement the university-based study sessions.

The online material can be studied in your own time, and will involve directed reading, online discussion and learning activities. As such, you need to be self-motivated to learn in your own time. You must also have a fairly good level of IT skills, as the learning requires you to navigate Blackboard and an electronic portfolio.

The eight university-based study days are designed to enhance student learning by providing the opportunity to take a hands-on approach to learning including group activities, teaching OSCEs, and practical skill sessions.

A minimum of 12 days' learning in practice under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner should be carried out during the four-month course. During this time, students are required to complete a reflective practice portfolio to document and reflect on their learning.

Please note that this is an accelerated course that covers a large amount of learning in a very short space of time. You will need to engage fully with the course, as you will need to complete 26 days of learning and 12 days of supervised practice in this timescale.

Only you can decide whether this approach works for you, but you must be prepared to commit fully for the duration of the course.

2018 teaching dates

  • 6-7 March 2018
  • 8 March 2018 (mandatory for nurses/midwives, optional for pharmacists)
  • 4-5 April 2018
  • 23-24 April 2018
  • 5-6 June 2018

Coursework and assessment

We use the following assessment methods:

  • two and a quarter-hour multiple choice question (MCQ) and short answer examination;
  • six-station Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE);
  • patient case study (3,000 words);
  • reflective practice portfolio linked to development of competence in practice.

Course unit details

The course will cover:

  • assessment, consultation skills and history taking;
  • legal and professional issues relating to independent prescribing;
  • decision making and evidence based prescribing;
  • psychological and ethical issues applied to prescribing;
  • pharmacology and drug actions;
  • leadership, accountability and clinical governance.

Much of the curriculum has been determined by the NMC and the GPhC.

The learning material is divided into two units, each running for seven weeks.



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